The following post is from Kate of Modern Alternative Mama:
It’s January and with that, a lot of people are going to be focusing on losing weight and all-around getting healthier. While weight loss isn’t on my agenda (yet) since I am 7 months pregnant, I’d love to make some changes to our family’s diet to improve our overall health. It’s been a process over the last four years and I’ve made some small strides each year.
What’s not on that list, though, is eating less fat.
Fat and sugar are often lumped together as “bad.” ”We all just need to eat less fat and sugar!” the ‘experts’ constantly claim. But that’s really not helping very much. In fact, it’s really often hurting people. (Not the sugar part — we do need to eat less sugar!)
Eat Fat…Lose Weight?
Before we made our transition to real food, my husband tried everything to lose weight. He was a good 50 lbs. heavier than he wanted to be. We ate “healthy” (read: low fat, but lots of processed foods) and he ran every morning and lifted weights. In a few short weeks he was exhausted and his legs were in serious pain, but he wasn’t any lighter. He tried various exercise programs and methods, on and off, and — no results.
When we finally began to make changes and ditch the cans and boxes, we also began to eat a lot more fat. This was purposeful, because we’d read about the benefits of coconut oil, butter, full-fat dairy, and fatty (pastured) meats. Guess what? He lost weight. Easily. With no exercise.
These days he exercises again, and has been for a year and a half. It hasn’t helped him gain or lose weight, in particular. It’s helped him feel stronger, build muscle and endurance, and so on. And since he’s eating plenty of fat, he actually feels good and hasn’t gotten exhausted from it!
This is just our story, but there are lots more stories like it out there. And plenty of research too!
So, yes, we will be enjoying our fat this year. Research and experience tells us that fat is healthy for us! Mostly saturated fats, like butter, lard, tallow, and coconut oil. Make sure all the animal fats are sourced from pastured animals and don’t have any added ingredients! The lard in your typical grocery store is partially hydrogenated and has added BHT — you don’t want that! (See if you have a local farmer or butcher to buy from.)
Some of our favorite ways to enjoy fat are these:
- Fried potatoes with broccoli and cheese
- Cheesy potatoes
- Refined sugar-free vanilla buttercream (this is still dessert, so go easy here)
- “Almond Joy” bars (again with the ‘dessert’ thing, but it’s pretty low-sugar)
Fat helps us to stay satisfied and also helps to keep the sugar cravings (mostly) at bay. Adding full-fat plain yogurt to a smoothie in the morning really helps combat sugar cravings too — because of the fat as well as the probiotics. Sometimes we toss in an egg yolk.
The fat also helps us to absorb the all-important fat soluble vitamins like A, D, E, and K2. (Some people are overweight because they are deficient in these and other important nutrients!)
Will you go low-fat this year or not? What are your favorite ways to enjoy fat?
|Kate is a wife and mommy to 3 and is passionate about God, health and food. She has written 7 cookbooks and is planning to release more in 2012. When she’s not blogging, she’s in the kitchen, sewing, or home schooling her children. You can find her at Modern Alternative Mama or contributing to Keeper of the Home.